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'Our focus has always
been client satisfaction and commitment
The 100,000-square-foot facility will
offer a range of amenities, such as a
dance room and group exercise rooms.
Center. "A major renovation, reconstruction and modernization
of the 61-year-old McNeal Pavilion will provide new LEED Gold
state-of-the-art academic, athletic and recreation programs to SOU,"
Andersen Construction says.
Although the McNeal Pavilion has undergone refurbishments
since it was built in 1956, SOU said this remodeling project is bigger
and better than any other. The university added that $21.3 million
in state bonds will finance the McNeal Pavilion and $17.7 million in
student fees will finance the new recreational center that is located
adjacent to the pavilion.
The three-story, 100,000-square-foot recreation facility will
feature a 1,400-seat competition gym, locker rooms, classrooms,
dance/multi-purpose room, two-court recreation gym with two-lane
suspended running track, group exercise rooms, weight room, a
climbing wall, offices and support spaces. McNeal Pavilion's existing
dance building, auxiliary gym and racquetball building will be
renovated and upgraded. The racquetball building will also receive a
second-story addition to house athletic offices, Andersen Construction says.
A concrete masonry and steel structure, McNeal Pavilion will have
improved seismic safety, easier access for students with disabilities
and solve general issues that the university has become aware of as
the facility ages. The pool was not kept in the reconstruction plans
because the university has no swim team.
After some tweaks to the plan, construction began in January
2016 and the new construction cost of McNeal is around $29 million.
SOU Board of Trustees in September 2015 approved a $3 million
increase to the project budget to cover the relocation of the fitness
center from under Raider Stadium to the new student recreation
center to be built next to McNeal Pavilion. The new facilities are
expected to open fall 2017.
Moving forward, Andersen Construction will continue to meet its
customers' demands and maintain a strong reputation that ensures
a high level of repeat business. "Since our doors first opened in
1950, our focus has always been client satisfaction and commitment
to quality," Andersen Construction says. "This has enabled us to
successfully build a reputation as the builder of choice within design
and client communities throughout Oregon, Washington and Idaho.
We always operate according to a set of values that guide us to work
safely, deliver value and focus on long-term client relationships."
A Tough Budget
The construction and demolition of McNeal Pavilion began in 2014
and had some setbacks in late 2015 because of budget issues, according to reports. Demolition was set for August 2015, but rescheduled
so the volleyball and football teams could finish their seasons, The
Siskiyou reported. "The project was further delayed because the
original estimated cost was several million over budget," the article
added. "Modifications were made to the plan."
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